About Me

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, lived in Paris during my childhood and then in the US as a young adult. I now live in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I am pursuing a PhD at Ulster University. I also founded and coordinate Psicodiáspora, a network of Venezuelan mental health professionals in the diaspora, and provide individual, couples and family online counselling. 

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Dynamic Psychology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, 2002). I also pursued master level studies in art and art therapy at the Albertus Magnus College in New Haven (Connecticut, 2007). In 2016, I obtained an MSc in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies at Ulster University with the support of a Chevening Award. I am a member of the Venezuelan Federation of Psychologists (FVP No. 6570) and a registered member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS No. 44285).

I have experience working with people who are struggling with different emotions, have been through traumatic situations, family problems, gender-based violence, bereavement, acute or post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorder or suffer from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. I also specialise in working with migrants through their planning and adaptation process. I favour a warm, integrative and strength-based approach to these issues.

I like to think of myself as a hinge*: I am passionate about connecting people and ideas. I am interested in intersections of culture and well-being: art & social action, creativity, trauma & resilience, cross-cultural psychology & biographic and collective memory, as well as psychoanalysis and philosophy.  In therapy, I have a warm, strength-focused and integrative approach. If this style resonates with you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

cristal@psicodiaspora.com

*Bisagra, in spanish.

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